Esther (Mirt) Ballash

July 25, 1929 ~ July 29, 2018 (age 89)

Esther Margie “Ettee” (Mirt) Ballash, 89, of West Newton, died Sunday, July 29, 2018 in TLC Adult Care Center.  She was born July 25, 1929 in Gratztown, a daughter of the late Vincent and Anna (Tomshe) Mirt.  Prior to retirement she was employed by Westmoreland Manor for 20 years.  Esther enjoyed her sister Bernice’s home cooked meals and spending holidays with Bernice and her daughters, Bonnie, Kim, Laura (April), and Colleen (Gene) and great niece, Alyssa.  She looked forward to visits from Bernice and reminiscing about old times.  Esther enjoyed cream puffs, ice cream, Dove chocolates, and root beer.  She also enjoyed gardening and reading her Bible.  Surviving are her sister and best friend, Bernice Dunbar; numerous nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Pat Mirt and Audrey Mirt.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Ballash; sisters, Ruth Mirt and Mildred (Eddie) Maul; brothers, Raymond Mirt and William Mirt; and brother-in-law, Frank Dunbar.  Friends will be received 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the J. William McCauley, Jr. Funeral Home, 901 Vine St. West Newton, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday.  Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery.  Special thanks to Stephanie and Rob and the staff of TLC for the care and compassion given to Esther for the past 10 years, especially her caregiver and friend, Kim.  Condolences may be left at

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